WORKSHOP ON SEPTEMBER 11-13, 2017 IN PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA
The “Best Practices in DR-TB Community Care: Development of National Community-Based DR-TB Care Plans” workshop was held in Pretoria, South Africa on the 11 – 13 September 2017, as part of the USAID-funded TB CARE II project, managed by URC. This workshop presented current best practices in drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) community care and support, with the goal of developing national roll-out plans for each of the 10 National Action Plan priority countries.
Through a collaborative approach, workshop attendees created context-specific action plans for implementing aspects of community-based DR-TB care within their country, including relevant timelines, quality improvement strategies, and monitoring and evaluation strategies. The WHO-recommended practice of community-based DR-TB care works to decentralize care from the facility level to the community, allowing for improved access to care, adherence to treatment, reduced costs, and improved treatment outcomes.
The workshop provided a forum for National Tuberculosis Program managers, implementing partners, civil society actors, and the private sector to discuss the best practices for community-based DR-TB care, and to develop action plans for the implementation or further institutionalization of these practices to scale up the DR programs in the respective countries. Many important discussions about program implementation challenges and successes were held, and a clear path forward was set for the start-up or continuation of these important programs.